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Genre Defying Memoirs
"In this profoundly inquiring and wholly enrapturing memoir, Macdonald exquisitely and unforgettably entwines misery and astonishment, elegy and natural history, human and hawk." -- Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)
"An inspired, beautiful and absorbing account of a woman battling grief--with a goshawk. . . . Writing with breathless urgency . . . Macdonald broadens her scope well beyond herself to focus on the antagonism between people and the environment. Whether you call this a personal story or nature writing, it's poignant, thoughtful and moving--and likely to become a classic in either genre." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Sleeplessness gets the Susan Sontag illness-as-metaphor treatment in this pensive, compact, lyrical inquiry into the author's nighttime demons. An exquisitely rendered voyage into the "shapelessness of a life without sleep, where days merge unbounded."" --Kirkus
"Poetic, visceral... The Shapeless Unease contains many beautiful and poignant passages about the human will to keep on living. Even in her most ragged moments [Harvey] can't help but exult in what Philip Larkin calls "the million-petalled flower of being here". Awake at 3am, she realises: "That's the trick of life -- it seems so abundant, and even while we're watching it die all around us it's whispering in our ears sweet nothings of plenitude." Harvey's imagery casts a spell." -- The Times UK
"This book felt enormous to me, mercurial, devastating, seeming to grapple with the nature of everything in a manner so compelling it is impossible not to be swept along. A book to return to again and again."--Daisy Johnson, author of Booker Prize-nominated Everything Under
"Deeply satisfying, unexpectedly moving...As lovable as the duchess herself...In Duchess Goldblatt's digital neighborhood, people are not just welcome but completely adored...Duchess and Anonymous subtly, slowly become one person. She no longer feels alone; neither do her subjects. People find solace in this fictional character--and Anonymous does, too."
-- Julie Klam, New York Times Book Review
"After reading this unforgettable memoir, I figured out who Duchess Goldblatt is: all of us. Behind her brilliantly witty and uplifting message is a remarkable vulnerability and candor that reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles--and that we can, against all odds, get through them. As though casting a magic spell on her readers, she moves, inspires, and connects us through her unvarnished humanity. It was, for this therapist, a form of therapy I didn't know I needed."
-- Lori Gottlieb, New York Times-bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
"Breathtakingly inventive. . . . Machado's writing, with its heat and precise command of tone, has always had a sentient quality. But what makes In the Dream House a particularly self-aware structure--which is to say, a true haunted house--is the intimation that it is critiquing itself in real time. . . . Here and in her short stories, Machado subjects the contemporary world to the logic of dreaming." --Katy Waldman, The New Yorker
"Daringly structured and ruthlessly inquisitive. . . . The heart of this history is clear, deeply felt, and powerful. A fiercely honest, imaginatively written, and necessary memoir from one our great young writers." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review